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How to update WordPress with FTP

WordPress updates constantly to serve the demands of time. Whether it’s a minor or major update, users are notified in the admin section. From there, you can simply click a button, and WordPress updates automatically. However, there are situations that manual update is necessary. While there are various ways to update manually, this article will show you how to update using an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client.

Important Note: Before making any changes, please make sure to back up your website first.

After backup, you can update WordPress using FTP client by following the steps below.

  1. Download the latest version of WordPress to your computer.
  2. Double-click the zip file downloaded and Extract it.
  3. Access your FTP Client, and provide the following on the necessary fields:

  4. Hostname
    Username Hosting Username
    Password Hosting Password
    Port 21
  5. Once you have logged in to your FTP Client, upload all the files to the public_html directory for the main domain.
    If it is for an Add-on domain or a Subdomain, upload it to the corresponding folder given for such domain.

    Note: If you don't want to create a new subdirectory for your WordPress site, upload the contents inside the downloaded file (latest version of WordPress), NOT the folder itself.

  6. While the FTP client uploads the files, a message will prompt stating “Target file already exists” or similar to (depending on the FTP client you use). From here, do the following:

    1. Select Overwrite as an action.
    2. To avoid receiving the same message repeatedly, select Always use this action or similar to.

    Important Note: Buttons or actions may vary depending on the FTP client you use. Basically, you just need to allow the FTP client to overwrite or replace all existing files throughout the process.

  7. Go to WordPress dashboard to check if database update is required. Enter YourWordPressSiteDomainName/wp-admin on a browser.
  8. On the Dashboard menu, look for a message that reads, “Database Update Required".
    If message displays, click Update WordPess Database to proceed. Disregard if none.

Congratulations! You have updated WordPress using FTP.

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